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Spatz Roadman 3 Super-Thermo Hi-Viz Reflective Overshoes with Kevlar



Excellent overshoes that offer protection against everything you could throw at them
Bombproof construction
Impressive waterproofing and warmth
Take a long time to get on
Design isn't subtle

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The Spatz Roadman 3 Super-Thermo Hi-Viz Reflective Overshoes with Kevlar are the most extreme overshoes I have used, offering very impressive weather protection. Given their construction, they're also likely to avoid the typical areas of wear that we see with most overshoes thanks to their strap-only construction for the majority of the underside.

We've reviewed Spatz overshoes before – Matt tested the previous Roadman 2 version almost exactly a year ago, along with the gravel version, GravelR, for our sister site He was impressed, but these Roadman 3s, according to Spatz, are not only reflective but warmer, and re-engineered for 'easier use, an improved fit and increased toughness'.

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If you missed Matt's reviews, safe to say these are not your typical overshoe. They're basically a neoprene welly, coming up to practically your knees. They are also not what you would call subtle, with the aesthetic being what I would call Optimus Prime cosplay. However, the protection and effectiveness that they offer mean I've been more than happy to look a little strange because they have, hands down, provided the best weather protection of any overshoes I have every used.

The insulation is still great, as Matt mentioned in his review. Spatz has used thick neoprene throughout, which in itself offers impressive insulation, but there's additional insulation up the shins and down the outside of the ankles. I used these down to around -2°C where I would usually be on the brink of adding toe warmers underneath my regular overshoes, but I was more than warm enough with these by themselves.

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As with every other set of overshoes I have used, these are not entirely waterproof, but they are very impressive. The neoprene construction means there isn't any water getting in through the material, and with the tight fit at the top there isn't any water ingress there either.

Water can spray up through the bottom but it's much less than with pretty much every other set of overseas I've used; my feet have stayed impressively dry even in soaking wet conditions. It's worth noting that the thing that will control this the most is the number of vents on the bottom of your shoes.

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As Matt noted in his review, and as you can probably imagine with overshoes that are this high, they are relatively time-consuming to put on. For each overshoe I would estimate it would take me roughly a minute and a half to put on. Matt even provided a five-step guide to how he did it...

> Suffering cold feet? Find out how to keep your feet warm cycling through the winter

They're secured by a single Velcro strap beneath the shoe and silicone grippers around the top of the overshoe. Everything stays in place well; there was no noticeable slippage during my rides.

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These are also impressively durable, with Kevlar reinforcement in the areas that are most likely to wear out quickly, such as the inside of the heel and the toe box. For these newer versions, the Kevlar reinforcement around the toe box has been improved, allowing it to sit lower on the bottom of the shoe, so more of your foot is covered.

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A month-long review period isn't likely to test their durability, but I didn't find any issues that would suggest they're not going to last well; even if the neoprene were to be cut for some reason I can see no reason why you wouldn't be able to simply glue it back together the same way you can with pretty much everything made of neoprene.

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The other obvious improvement Spatz has made to the overshoes is their visibility. High-vis yellow stripes make these easy to see, especially in low light conditions, in addition to reflective elements that sit practically everywhere across the overshoe. When caught in car headlights your shoes and legs light up like Blackpool Tower.


The Roadman 3s cost £5 more than the Roadman 2s, which seems quite reasonable given the high-vis elements and Kevlar improvements. There is still no getting around the fact that these are expensive compared with most overshoes, but with the performance they offer it might well be a price you consider worth paying.

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And they still compare well with some: Rapha's Pro Team overshoes are £80 but don't offer the same level of protection given that they come to just above the ankles.


Overall, I've been really impressed with these overshoes. The Roadman 2s that Matt tested last year seemed a hard act to follow, but the 3s have improved on those with the addition of high-visibility elements and extra reinforcement of the toebox area, for just a fiver more.


Excellent overshoes that offer protection against everything you could throw at them test report

Make and model: Spatz Roadman 3 Super-Thermo Hi-Viz Reflective Overshoes with Kevlar

Size tested: 43-45

Tell us what the product is for

Spatz says: 'The new SPATZ 'Roadman 3 Overshoe' is the next logical step in the evolution of the Roadman. Warm, tough, reflective and now with extremely visible 360 degree bright yellow fluourescent (and reflective) detailing to keep you safe as you battle through the winter traffic.

Re-engineered with extended Kevlar toe area and targeted Aero-Armour super tough neoprene around the foot to guard against rips and tears. The 'Roadman 3' now has Aero-Armour neoprene at the top of the leg hem to offer easier use, an improved fit and increased toughness.

Integrated thermal lined shin panel to provide warmth and water management where you need it most. An industry first for an overshoe. Ride longer. Ride 'Roadman 3'...

Warmer, reflective and highly visible. Tougher, but just as sleek and aero as before. Made for the commute. Made for rain. Made for the road, the gravel, the epic adventures.'

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Spatz lists:

Super insulating 4.5mm Kevlar toe box for the ultimate in warmth and abrasion resistance without adding excess bulk/weight.

Super Reflect, high viz 360 detailing for that 6am commute or epic night-time training sesh.

Tough Abrasion Resist fabric guards against heel rub.

Waterproof neoprene throughout with targeted panel thickness for exceptional insulation, fit and comfort. Intelligent water-dispersing lining. Hydrophobic outer layer. Heat welded and taped seams. Liquid seal gripper seals top and bottom. Wrinkle-free 'pro' cut.

Stretch velcro faster behind the cleat.

Rate the product for quality of construction:

Very well made, with reinforcement in all the most important places.

Rate the product for performance:

They kept basically everything out, they kept my feet and legs warm, and they're highly visible too.

Rate the product for durability:

Early days, but I wouldn't be surprised if they would break a shredder. They have kevlar reinforcement in key areas which means they are unlikely to wear in the most common areas.

Rate the product for fit:

They fit really well, tight enough that they keep everything out and close enough to keep you warm, but without being impossible to put on.

Rate the product for sizing:

Size up as expected; no excess anywhere.

Rate the product for weight:

These are not designed to be lightweight overshoes, and they aren't, but they more than make up for it with the level of protection they offer.

Rate the product for comfort:

When they keep your feet this warm and waterproof, you can't help but give them a good score. The fact they're so tall and don't slip down also means you don't get that annoying bunching around the ankles either.

Rate the product for value:

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Simple – I could just chuck them in the wash at 30 without there being any noticeable issues.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very, very well; these are the ultimate foul weather overshoes. They aren't 100% waterproof because they can't be, but they're as close as I've found.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Simply the level of protection, they are bombproof. If I were to do a sub-zero century ride, these are the overshoes I would wear.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

There is no getting around that price; they probably justify it, but it may put some off.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

They're a fiver more than the Roadman 2 overshoes we reviewed last year, now with high-vis elements and other improvements. There is no getting away from the fact that these are an expensive pair of overseas, but others aren't far behind, such as the Rapha Pro Teams that come in at £80 but don't offer the same level of protection.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

Bombproof, warm, high vis, and durable – these may make you look like Iron Man who doesn't want to get hit by a car, but they are very, very good overshoes.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 33  Height: 6 ft  Weight:

I usually ride: CAAD13  My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,

George is the host of the podcast and has been writing for since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between. 

Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.

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fenix | 1 year ago

Love my PX winter boots.
Totally waterproof but this week's ride was so wet - even with full guards on. The boots filled up with water and I had to empty them out at the cafe. Now either I drill holes in the bottom or I just have to live with it.
These spats might perform better in extreme conditions than boots but the boots are great for normal winter rides.
These conditions were about the worst I can recall.

MDP | 1 year ago

Hi, a bit late to this thread, but wondered if anyone had a view on these Spatz Roadman 3 overshoes vs Spatz Pro 2 vs Ekoi Heat Concept?

Nixster | 2 years ago

Recently got some Endura neoprene ones which are delightfully warm and keep out the wet. Not as tall as these but they are straightforward to put on and the only issue I have is cutting up on the inside of the heel area because I have a heel in pedalling style. And they were £23 direct from Endura. And I don't look any dafter than usual. 

Legin | 2 years ago

Over the last 40 years I've tried all sorts of overshoes to keep my feet warm/dry/comfortable in winter. All failed to a point of misery on a ride. Spatz are a different class; the price point reflects that which is why I have a pair of these and the Lagalz version. Socks are excellent too.

ejocs | 2 years ago

If you check their website, there are less ugly models, for example the Pro 2.

If you only need warmth and not protection from water ingress, I've found the following works very well: Buy an extra pair of shoes a whole cm larger than your regular size, replace the stock insole with one made from wool, and wear a thick knee-length sock (Rapha Deep Winter socks are superb) over a thin liner. Very warm, better moisture management (from the inside), and no fumbling with overshoes. Add toe warmers for extra cold days, and I'm reliably quite comfortable for hours around -10C plus wind (fingers are another story). 

Chris Hayes | 2 years ago

Utterly fugly...but warm feet is warm feet! 

Matt Page | 2 years ago
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Absolute game-changers for anyone who rides through our wet, cold British winters.

The Roadman 2 versions from my initial review are still being used on a very regular basis and they have survived very well, so durability I say is excellent.

The only people who think they are not worth it are people who have never used them, or people who don't ride in true winter conditions.

They also mean no more winter boots for me, with all the problems that changing to a different shoe can bring with wider q-factor, higher insole and different width.

MDP replied to Matt Page | 1 year ago

These or Spatz Pro 2?
.....or Ekoi Heat Concept?

gibatronic | 2 years ago

So simple to keep it plain black, sure put some reflective stripes, why not.

But increasing production cost to make it look like a construction site?

maxdabrit | 2 years ago

I have Roadman 2s and they do work on the lower legs as you will get damp sweaty legs under the neoprene. It can become a problem If you stop long enough to let that dampness go cold.
When the weather is truly cold I always reach for the winter boots with the slimmest of overshoe. Layers of air are my insulating friend and there seems to be enough air movement not to create the neoprene dampness. 

Secret_squirrel | 2 years ago

Bonus points for the Optimus Prime cosplay comment but at this price point together with the awkwardness of putting them on surely most people are going to go for a proper winter boot at 20-30% more?  1 session of pulling on the "wellies" would have me reaching for my credit card.

Clem Fandango replied to Secret_squirrel | 2 years ago

Yeah I made the switch to some NorthWave winter boots last winter - without doubt one of the best purchases I've made.

VecchioJo replied to Secret_squirrel | 2 years ago

I have some of the Mk2 Spatz and they've transformed my winter riding after three decades of mild misery. Putting them on is a little more faffy than standard overshoes (although I've had a few that have been a really struggle to put on) but it's just learning to do things in a different order by putting shoes on after pulling the Spatz onto the legs. And they're certainly a lot easier to take off after a cold and wet ride than any other overshoe I've owned.

What really makes the difference over any other overshoe or even a winter boot is how the Spatz extend a long way up the leg stopping both freezing road spray hitting the shin and water seeping down into the shoe, this is the game changer. The first time I used them was on a 200km ride where we had all 27 types of winter weather and ordinarily I'd have been crying with freezing wet feet but my toes were actually warm at the end. The Optimus Prime cosplay look would usually really bother me but I don't care because I have toasty toes.

Rapha Nadal replied to Secret_squirrel | 2 years ago

The problem i found with winter boots (especially Northwave) is that they're so damn flexy!  I ride Bontrager XXX shoes in the good season and also on the turbo so would like the stiffness replicated in a winter boot but I guess adding a full carbon sole would bump the price up somewhat though.

Chris Hayes replied to Rapha Nadal | 2 years ago

I have a pair of R - Arctic GTXs with carbon soles...they're fine - apart from the gauze covered air vents which are rather pointless.  Not quite as stiff as my Northwave Extreme summer shoes, but not far off.  They're pretty warm, but I do cover them in Rapha neoprene overshoes when its really cold - or Assos raincovers when its wet... Don't fancy the look for the Spatz.   Looks like diving equipment - but if I hadn't built up a cold feet arsenal I'd certainly consider them as they're a lot cheaper if they work and not as pink.

Grahamd replied to Secret_squirrel | 2 years ago
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Secret_squirrel wrote:

Bonus points for the Optimus Prime cosplay comment but at this price point together with the awkwardness of putting them on surely most people are going to go for a proper winter boot at 20-30% more?  1 session of pulling on the "wellies" would have me reaching for my credit card.

Bought my winter boots in a sale 2 years ago for less than these. Would never go back to overshoes.

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